By Jo Ciavaglia
Hulmeville Council members say they were told an outpatient treatment center that is state licensed to treat sexually violent predators currently does not have any clients that meet that definition.
But the news did little to calm the nerves of at least 100 residents who packed Monday’s borough council meeting room to demand action to evict Resources for Human Development.
Many didn’t know that the center — which treats deviant sexual behavior and sex offenders — existed until recently. Most called the current location — in a largely residential area — inappropriate.
- And it was never a problem, until now?
Some vowed to picket and patrol the area surrounding the Reetz Avenue office building on nights when counseling meetings are held. Others requested police presence at the building on the center’s meeting nights. Nearly 160 people on Monday night signed a petition calling for the building’s landlord to evict the center.
Resident David Goodman says his 8-year-old son is scared to go to the bus stop alone now.
- Because you've put fear into his heart.
“What are we going to do to protect the community,” he added.
Another resident claimed that the center’s clients loiter on the property and nearby streets after the meetings.
- What's wrong with that? People usually congregate after meetings.
“I almost feel like they’re casing the neighborhood,” one woman said.
- Wow, you need to get a life!